Rated Reads

The Inner Circle (Culper Ring Trilogy, book 1)

by Brad Meltzer

Rated: Moderate

Beecher White, an archivist for the National Archives in Washington, D.C., enjoys a quiet life helping answer the public’s questions and immersing himself in history and research. That is, until Clementine Kaye, his first kiss and childhood crush, walks back into his life. Together they find something, a dictionary once owned by George Washington, they were not meant to find in a place they were not supposed to be.

This book in their possession, combined with a friend’s death and a secret 200-year-old organization, prevent them from being able to know who they can trust. Soon their desperation turns them to an unlikely ally in whom they must have faith or they will never uncover the secrets that someone wants revealed about a president who wants them buried.

I liked this book. I liked the story, the characters and the never-ending twists and turns. Each time you think the characters unravel more of the mysteries, you find there is still more to learn before conclusions can be made about the situations and the people involved. The unraveling continues up until the very end, making you question everything.

Now, one negative aspect to this book are the twists and turns. As much as I liked them, at some points things become so confusing and convoluted that you either need to put it down and walk away or keep on reading, knowing that everything will eventually be explained, for the most part. Although not as exciting as some thrillers, there is enough action, tension and mystery to keep you reading to the end.

Rated: Moderate. There are no sexual situations and very mild descriptions of violence. There are 8 moderate and 28 mild uses of language.

— Reviewed by Nicole Borman

Nicole Borman is a high school librarian who didn’t catch the reading bug until college. Although she likes most genres, her genres of choice are nonfiction, YA chick lit, and anything Pride and Prejudice-esque.

One Response to The Inner Circle (Culper Ring Trilogy, book 1)

  1. […] this battle or will their commitment to the presidency outweigh their own safety? Continuing where The Inner Circle leaves off, The Fifth Assassin is the second book in the Culper Ring […]

  • The Inner Circle (Culper Ring Trilogy, book 1)
  • by Brad Meltzer
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Fiction
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